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New York Cracks Down on Service Animal Fraud

A new law makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly affix to any dog any false or improper tag identifying the dog as a guide, service, therapy or hearing dog. While this law is helpful in dealing with fraudsters, it does not broaden the scope of permissible questions businesses and their employees may ask…
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SLA Chooses Not to Remove Split Case Charge Regulation

This past Fall we reported to you that the State Liquor Authority was considering amending several of their rules and regulations, including the regulation that limits the amount a wholesaler can charge you for “splitting a case” of liquor. The current regulation limits the charge to $1.92 per case (pro-rated per bottle) although current practice…
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Tipping the balance

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/tipping-balance-article-1.3781952
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The tipped wage is good for waitstaff

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/tipped-wage-good-waitstaff-article-1.3774951
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Restaurant workers protest Cuomo plan to replace tips with higher minimum wage

http://www.troyrecord.com/business/20180108/restaurant-workers-protest-cuomo-plan-to-replace-tips-with-higher-minimum-wage
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Some restaurant workers say they’d lose money if Cuomo changes tip system

By Samantha Christmann | Published 8:47 a.m. January 8, 2018 | Updated 2 hours ago Buffalo News  Tara Hark has worked other jobs – in customer service at a bank and as a preschool teacher – but she always finds her way back to tending bar. The money is good enough that she’s able to work shorter hours, which allows her…
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Changes to servers’ wages could hurt restaurants in New York state

By Liz Young  –  Reporter, Albany Business Review Dec 20, 2017, 2:23pm Albany Business Review  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has alarmed restaurant owners as he calls for New York to look at eliminating tipped wages in his upcoming State of the State address. Restaurants could eliminate tipping, and some may close, if a change is made to the way servers’ wages…
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STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY ISSUES $3.5 MILLION DOLLAR CIVIL PENALTY AGAINST WHOLESALE GIANT

Levels Largest Civil Penalty in Agency History, and one of the Largest Civil Penalties of any State Liquor Administrative Agency Against Wholesaler Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits Responsible for Engaging in “Pay-to-Play” Illegal Gifts and Services to Favored Businesses, Inaccurate & Inadequate Recordkeeping, and Discriminatory Sales Southern Glazer and SLA Entering into First-Ever Corporate Compliance…
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Andrew Cuomo’s Awful Proposal To Eliminate New York’s Tip Credit – Forbes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelsaltsman/2017/12/20/andrew-cuomos-awful-proposal-to-eliminate-new-yorks-tip-credit/2/#16b8aff32924
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Minimum Wage Hike Takes Effect December 31st

The minimum wage is increasing again as part of the multi-year plan enacted in 2016. Along with the minimum wage increasing the allowances, credits and minimum weekly salary for employees to be exempt from the state overtime rule also increase whenever the minimum wage goes up (by the same percentage) so they’re increasing too. In…
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Paid Family Leave Law Takes Effect January 1st

New York’s Paid Family Leave Law launches on January 1, 2018. The law provides a means by which employees can: bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child care for a family member with a serious health condition assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service Paid family…
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NYS Gaming Commission to Study Prevalence of Underage Gambling

The New York Gaming Commission is about to begin a year-long field assessment of how well casinos, racinos, race tracks and lottery outlets are fulfilling their legal responsibility to prevent underage gambling. Starting in mid-December and continuing through much of 2018, supervised minors working for an independent contractor hired by the Commission will enter gaming…
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